Allen kicks way into Patriots record books

by / Monday, 16 September 2013 / Published in Ray Guy Award

FOXBOROUGH — Two games into his NFL career, and Ryan Allen has already landed in the Patriots record book.

Allen, an undrafted rookie punter who was the 2011 and 2012 Ray Guy Award winner, matched a pair of team records in the Patriots’ 13-10 home win over the Jets Thursday night. He punted 11 times for 514 yards.

They might not represent the kind of records Patriots fans have become accustomed to — if anything, it’s a sign of the team’s struggles on offense — but for a punter, it’s what he’s paid to do. Allen’s kicks went for a 46.7-yard average, with four downed inside the Jets’ 20-yard-line. His long was 60.

Not counting the final possession, when Tom Brady took a knee to end the game, every Patriots series in the second half ended the same way: With an Allen punt.

“I’m just focused on doing my job and doing it to the best of my ability,” Allen said. “If I’m called upon that many times, then I need to step in there and do well for the team.”

Allen said the referees did a good job keeping the game balls dry during the second-half soaking, but credited long snapper Danny Aiken, who gave Allen solid snaps the entire night.

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